Ohio man faces charge he punched lawyer in court

Updated at: 02/06/2013 9:08 AM
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(AP) CINCINNATI - A man whose lawyer helped him get acquitted on an attempted murder count now faces charges that he punched the attorney in the courtroom.

A Hamilton County Common Pleas jury convicted Dionte Lummus of felonious assault, robbery and other charges, but he was acquitted on the most serious count. He faces 34 years for the convictions.

But now he is charged with escape and assaulting an officer of the court.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( http://cin.ci/YDeOmc) Lummus hit attorney William Oswall in the face Monday after he unsuccessfully tried to fire him in mid-trial. A deputy tackled him when he tried to run.

Oswall continued to argue his case. He says if the defendant was your brother or sister, you’d want him to continue to fight as hard as possible.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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